I’m all aboard the Airbnb train
JUST as the controversy with ride-sharing apps starts to die down, it’s Airbnb which now has its head on the chopping block.
This week the online booking agency confirmed they will fight plans to force Queensland home owners to pay council-imposed tourism levies when they rent their properties out to holiday-makers.
This method seems a little excessive but I can see both sides of the argument.
Last year I had my first Airbnb experience.
I was in New Zealand for a two-week long road trip but instead of opting for the humble campervan, it was Airbnb that took my fancy.
Over the two weeks we stayed in eight different locations – each stop made far more authentic by the fact I experienced it from a resident’s home.
I was able to stay on a farm and help feed their animals.
I stayed in the middle of nowhere and was able to experience star-gazing like nothing I’d ever seen before.
This experience and many more were an extension of my choice of Airbnb.
After all of my very positive experiences, I decided to take the gamble again in New York.
For the full Sex and the City experience, I stayed in the Upper East Side.
And I was able to afford this week of luxe-living because of my good friend, Airbnb.
Because of this, I am proudly pro-Airbnb but I can definitely understand its shortfalls.
When I stayed with a friend at her Noosa Airbnb, a neighbour came over to request we keep quiet.
“But we’re on holidays,” we demanded, angry at the audacity of the neighbour telling us to pipe down.
Looking back though, what an absolute headache for the neighbours who probably had jobs to go to at 6am.
Neighbours who likely bought into the Noosa suburb only to have it inundated with holiday-makers.
It’s a predicament where the resolution will only have losers. But with the big tourism benefits at play, councils should tread carefully.